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Percent Distribution of Total Annual Expenditures by Major Category, 2001–2011

Item 2001 2004 2008 2011
Average annual expenditures 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 
Food 13.5 13.3 12.8 13.0
Food at home 7.8 7.7 7.4 7.7
Food away from home 5.7 5.6 5.3 5.3
Alcoholic beverages 0.9 1.1 0.9 0.9
Housing 32.9 32.1 33.9 33.8
Apparel and services 4.4 4.2 3.6 3.5
Transportation 19.3 18.0 17.0 16.7
Vehicles 9.1 7.8 5.5 5.4
Gasoline and motor oil 3.2 3.7 5.4 5.3
Other transportation 7.0 6.5 5.2 4.9
Healthcare 5.5 5.9 5.9 6.7
Entertainment 4.9 5.1 5.6 5.2
Personal care products and services 1.2% 1.3% 1.2 1.3
Reading 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.2
Education 1.6 2.1 2.1 2.1
Tobacco products and smoking supplies 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.7
Miscellaneous 1.9 1.6 1.7 1.6
Cash contributions 3.2 3.2 3.4 3.5
Personal insurance and pensions 9.5 11.1 11.1 10.9
Life and other personal insurance 1.0 0.9 0.6 0.6
Pensions and Social Security 8.4 10.2 10.5 10.3
1. Includes expenditures for alcoholic beverages, personal care products and services, reading, education, and tobacco products and supplies, as well as cash contributions and miscellaneous expenditures.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Expenditures in 2004, 2011.

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